Probate actions

Probate actions guidance:

The nature of disputes as to lifetime dispositions Particularly where an estate appears to be smaller than anticipated, personal representatives (PRs) and beneficiaries...

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Dear [insert organisation name] [PROSPECTIVE CLAIMANT’S NAME] AND [PROSPECTIVE DEFENDANT(S) NAME(S)] The estate of [name] deceased LETTER OF CLAIM—[Potential claim to set...

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The legal costs position in probate claims is often misunderstood. This Practice Note looks at: • the costs in probate proceedings relating to the validity of the Will,...

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STOP PRESS: A new form (PA8A) must be used to apply to enter a caveat (from 18 May 2020). See: News Analysis: New probate application process for practitioners. The new...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has authorised District Probate registrars to allow...

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Construction claims are very common and there is a wealth of case law on the subject but the result is a complex and confusing area. Essentially, such claims are brought...

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Forfeiture claims may not be probate actions by definition, but they will inevitably involve personal representatives and/or beneficiaries in court proceedings....

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Testamentary dispositions will be set aside where: • the Will itself is forged • the Will provisions are as a result of dishonest statements or actions • a person, with a...

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A grant of probate may be taken out by a maximum of four from any of the executors appointed by the deceased in their Will who are not under a legal disability, subject...

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With increased life expectancy comes increased mental illness as people’s bodies outlive their minds. Dementia and other mental illnesses including depression, anxiety,...

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Dear [insert organisation name] [name] Deceased (the Deceased) We act for [name] who is [the residuary beneficiary under the Deceased’s Will dated [date] OR a beneficiary...

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The term ‘mutual Wills’ is used to describe joint or separate Wills made as a result of an agreement between the parties to create irrevocable interests in favour of...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has authorised District Probate registrars to allow...

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Secret trusts The enforcement of secret trusts has it roots in equitable doctrines. Here, though, it is not the Will itself that may be the subject of a claim but a...

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Only the Court of Protection has the power to execute a Will or codicil on behalf of an incapacitated person. A person cannot delegate the power to make their Will to...

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It is rare to see an action to set aside a Will based solely on undue influence, and equally as rare to see a claim succeed either on a sole basis or in concert with...

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In order to validate their Wills testators dying before 1 January 1964 must have followed the execution formalities set out in the Wills Act 1837 (WA 1837) and Wills Act...

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Before a Will is admitted to probate the court must be satisfied that the testator knew and approved of its contents at the time that they executed the Will. Assuming the...

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These are not probate actions within the definition set out in part 57.1 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (CPR) but they are, necessarily, matters with which personal...

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In Thorner v Major, Lord Walker began his judgment by quoting from Simon Gardner in Introduction to Land Law (2007): ‘There is no definition of proprietary estoppel that...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has authorised District Probate registrars to allow...

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has authorised District Probate registrars to allow...

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Warning to caveator, Rule 44(5) In the High Court of Justice Family Division [The nominated registry as defined by rule 44(15)] To [name] of [address] a party who has...

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